Fireworks, music, games and more are on many schedules in southern West Virginia and Southwest Virginia during the Fourth of July weekend.
Fourth of July activities get an early start Thursday, July 3 with celebrations in both the Virginias.
• The town of Tazewell, Va., will have an Independence Day celebration July 3 at Tazewell High School. Fireworks will start at dark.
• The Peel Chestnut Mountain will have community fireworks July 3 at dark. Festivities start at 6 p.m. and will feature food, hay rides, and live music.
• Festivities at the Crab Orchard Museum near Tazewell, Va., will begin July 3 with a Civil War 150 History Mobile parking in front of Fort Witten. The history mobile will be at the museum until July 5. A Revolutionary War reenactment will begin 3 p.m. July 4. Gates will open at 10 a.m. that day.
A variety of other activities will be available on July 4 throughout the region.
• The Princeton Independence Day Celebration presented by the Princeton Rescue Squad will take place July 4 at Hunnicutt Field. Entertainment will begin at 3 p.m. and conclude at dark with fireworks.
There will be a car show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. A new feature this year is carnival rides by Myers Amusements from Mount Lookout, Va. The WV Skydivers are scheduled to kick off the afternoon, weather permitting. The partial list of live performances includes Transit Times, Taylor Made, and Rick K and the All-Nighters. Concessions will be available, and admission is free.
• In the town of Bramwell, fireworks will begin at dark. The Bramwell Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will have food sales. Children’s activities such as bounce houses will start 1 p.m. and continue until 3 p.m. Adults will be helping children build boats for the annual Bluestone River Yacht Club Race at 3 p.m. Boats will be placed in the river, and there will be prizes for first, second and third place. Every child participating will receive a prize, said Mayor Louise Stoker.
A concert featuring Bobby Ramsey and his band, which will perform music by the late Johnny Cash, will begin at 7 p.m.
• Celebrations will take place in the town of Pocahontas, Va. on July 4 starting at 4 p.m. The festivities will feature a band, the Pocahontas Volunteer Fire Department will be serving food, and fireworks will begin at dark.
• In the town of Grundy, Va., fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m. July 4. Entertainment includes K.T. Vandyke & Driftin’ Westward at the Grundy Town Center starting 7 p.m.